Tumu Pae Ora – Chief Māori and Equity Officer


  • Multiple Location Options
  • Newly created role reporting to CEO
  • Lead ACC’s Māori Strategy cultural capability and government engagement
  • Agile work environment, lead a talented team

Te rautaki o Te Kaporeihana Āwhina Hunga Whara – Ko te rautaki nei o Whāia Te Tika, he rautaki e arataki ai i Te Tiriti o Waitangi kia whakapakari i ngā wheako a te Māori. Mā te tika, mā te pono e tautoko ana e tātou ngā aronga a Te Kaporeihana Āwhina Hunga Whara. E tutuki ai o mātou whāinga, me whai whakaarō ki ēnei pou e toru: 

  • Arotahi Kiritaki – Ko ngā tukanga e whakapakari ai i te urunga, i ngā wheako o te kiritaki, 
  • Hononga Hiranga – Ko ngā tukanga e arotahi ana me ngā rautaki whakahoahoa kia whakapakari 
    i ngā hua; 
  • Whakawhanake Pūkenga – Ko ngā tukanga e whakapakari ai i ngā pūkenga ahurea, e whakataki ai i o mātou ratonga mahi 

ACC’s Māori Strategy – Whāia Te Tika is a strengths-based strategy that is guided by the Treaty of Waitangi to enable equitable access, outcomes and experiences for Māori.  Getting it right for Māori supports ACC’s focus on transforming how we engage with customers including business customers, providers and clients.  ACC aim to achieve this through our three focus areas: 

  • Customer Focus – actions that seek to improve customer access, experience and outcomes, 
  • Partnering for Excellence – Actions that focus on strategic engagement and partnership to improve outcomes and; 
  • Developing Capability – Actions that seek to improve cultural capability and how we deliver our services.

As our Tumu Pae Ora, you will be responsible for developing and leading ACC’s Māori strategy Whāia te Tika – a strengths-based strategy that is guided by the Treaty of Waitangi to enable equitable access, outcomes and experiences for Māori.  This newly created position also leads our partnerships with Māori organisations, leaders, iwi and providers, forming valuable connections with Māori leaders within the health sector.  You will also lead ACC’s Government Engagement and Support function, ensuring the delivery of effective Ministerial support and wider government stakeholder engagement.  As a direct report to the Chief Executive, and a member of the executive leadership team, you will contribute your expertise across the whole organisation and work in a model of collective leadership.  

The role has a primary focus on Māori given ACC’s commitment to Te Tiriti, however the Tumu Pae Ora is also accountable for highlighting access issues and support equity of health outcomes.  You will be the strategic leader of ACC’s cultural capability, supporting the organisation to transform its culture and to build capability to more effectively support Māori and customers from other cultural backgrounds. 

If you are the successful candidate you will bring: 

  • A track record as a strategic leader in large complex organisations 
  • Strong strategic stakeholder engagement and management skills 
  • Significant knowledge of, and exposure to, the public sector and working across different agencies and/or entities  
  • Experience leading the design and delivery of Māori focused strategic initiatives 
  • A sound understanding of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori as well as extensive knowledge of the application of te Tīriti o Waitangi 
  • Established networks in Māori communities and entities 
  • Experience of board reporting and having been part of a executive leadership team that collectively leads the organisation
  • Strong experience building and leading high performing teams 
  • A desire to innovate and build capability within an agile environment 

Experience working in government relations or with diverse communities would be advantageous as would experience in health and/or social services.

Wellington is the preferred location for this role. 

To arrange a confidential discussion please email melissa@amytea.co.nz in the first instance. 

To apply please send your cover letter and CV to apply@tea.co.nz.   

Applications close Friday 4th December.  

Final interviews will be held approximately mid January.

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